Apr 27, 10
Read from April 07 to 27, 2010
Ragged Company is both a collection of first person short stories each chronicling the life of a "rounder" and a novel that affirms humanity and community by reconciling their lives through incredible changes in circumstance. The format is a complex braiding of the stories of 5 street friends wherein each strand strengthens and illuminates the overall action, not by repeating it but by passing the torch to the most appropriate member of the "team." Wagamese at times lost me and the action drifted into the predictable and the mundane, but in the end he put it all together. He managed a retelling of A Christmas Carol with characters that rarely star in novels, with multiple Scrooges, and a thoroughly modern setting. He occasionally waxes poetic, occasionally drifts too deep into religion for my taste, but above all he knows how to create characters that a reader can care about and action that is interesting. Bravo!
It's truly a shame more people haven't read it.